Gregory A. Diamond, the purposefully mysterious Brea lawyer who is on the November ballot seeking a seat in the California state senate as a Democrat, is outraged (again!) that I featured his campaign follies in a recent column.
My report noted the stark contradiction between Diamond's promise earlier in the year to fight "like hell" to honorably represent Occupy Wall Street in his campaign for the state legislature, but instead is running California's worst, most inept effort for the senate in memory.
--How Diamond describes himself as "tenacious," "incisive" and "dedicated" but in reality has proven to be a hand-wringing whiner who is clueless about how to run an effective campaign. With the election weeks away, he hasn't held a single, meaningful public event and when asked to explain his inactivity, claims his events are "closely guarded secrets."
--How legitimate candidates focus their attention on their own races while Diamond has been oddly obsessed with digging into the marital affairs of a candidate in a different race.
--How Diamond, 52, responds to accurate observations about his often neurotic conduct by threatening retaliation.
In response to my report, Diamond fired back in ways that have kept me shaking in fear of exposure:
According to Diamond:
--Because I dared write about him, I must be "in the pocket" of local Republicans.
--The initial "R" in my byline stands for "arse."
--The Weekly has adults ads in the back of the paper and this means its reporting can't be trusted.
--I am "so amazingly ignorant" about Orange County affairs because I don't read his blog musings.
If the standard for ignorance in OC is not reading Diamond's bloggings, then count me as one of proud 99.999999999999 percent--a figure arrived at by optimistically assuming that at least a few of his poor relatives occasionally read him, but I could be wrong.
Besides, I seem to have done okay covering this county during the 16 years before he parachuted in from out of state and declared himself important.
The trouble with Diamond goes beyond his joke of a senate campaign, his pronounced, sweaty awkwardness in social settings, his determination to be known as the smartest guy in the room or his hamfisted penchant for picking stupid fights merely in hopes of raising is name ID.
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Perhaps I've been slightly unfair. In OC's blogosphere, nobody spends more time each day feverishly attaching his name to rambling, obnoxious comments on the works of people who actually have something to say. In late July, for example, he completely abandoned his own campaign to angrily leave a whopping 57 comments in a matter of hours on one post at the Friends For Fullerton's Future blog. At a minimum, that feat is worthy of the moniker: Blogos Hog.
Even fellow Democrats know this sad truth. How's this for weighty status? At at recent, multi-hour party event at a Disneyland hotel, Diamond wasn't invited to speak. I don't recall them even acknowledging he was sitting in the room.